Cassia Baked Oatmeal Heaven!

I haven’t shared a recipe in a while.  And seen as though the air is cold, the mornings are dark and seasonal threats are rife, I thought this was a good choice!

Cassia essential oil used internally can help support healthy immune function.  Cassia is a powerful commodity in protecting the body from seasonal threats!

You’ll need:

• 2 large eggs

• 1/3 cup coconut sugar

• 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

• 1 drop Cassia

• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

• 1/4 tsp salt

• 1 1/4 cups rice milk

• 1/4 cup cacao butter, melted

• 3 cups rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk eggs together, then add cocosugar, baking powder, Cassia, vanilla and salt, and then whisk until no lumps remain. Stir in milk and melted cacao butter then mix in oats. Pour into a prepared 8×8 baking tray and bake until firm and ready!

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Eden’s Story

My journey with essential oils all started with Eden,  my beautiful first baby girl.  We knew something wasn’t right almost immediately.  Plunket told me it was “just colic”, but from 2 weeks old she had also developed eczema all over her body and used to cry constantly and arch her back violently when we tried to comfort her.  It was hard as a brand new mum with no idea of what was normal, only able to trust what those around you said.  From 6 weeks we tried a chiropractor, as Eden had been born by c-section.  After another 6 weeks she said there was nothing else she could try and Eden hadn’t improved, but a nutritionist at the practice had mentioned dairy could be causing her discomfort, so maybe try cutting it out.  I was sleep deprived and would have tried anything! Little did I know that in 24 hours Eden would already have turned a corner.  I guess from there our journey began!  It hasn’t been an easy journey.  While Eden improved without the dairy in my diet she went downhill quickly when I introduced solids.  I couldn’t stand to see her in so much pain – in her abdomen, usually from wind or food reactions – still arching her back, clenching her fists and pushing away me and her daddy, hitting her head.  It was like she didn’t want either of us and that hurt.  We would spend hours and hours pacing with her in our arms, unable to soothe her.  She would pass mushy, smelly, green, mucousy, bloody stools. She slept only an hour at a time at her worst point and would spend 1-4 hours crying at a time.  An elimination diet revealed to us the root of her problems and support from Pediatrician Dr Leila Masson  finally when Eden was 1 revealed signs and symptoms of an abnormal gut flora, which can cause intestinal permeability and food sensitivities.

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Today Eden is well on the road to recovery.  She still eats a diet free of gluten, dairy and soy.  We were able to successfully reintroduce higher fructose fruits (not dried though) and higher fructan vegetables and very recently eggs, but after continuing issues we have recently discovered that refined sugar is a no go and she reacts to citrus fruits and sulphites.  Healing has centred around healing her gut, boosting her immunity and soothing the symptoms that kept her awake at night – probiotics, other remedies and of course essential oils that have all been natural. As hard as those early days were, Eden’s journey has changed my life.  I have always slanted towards a natural approach to health, but I never knew its real capacity to heal and I certainly didn’t understand the importance of gut health, the impact of diet or how many toxic ingredients there are in the things that we use every day – soap, toothpaste, creams, lotions, washing detergents, air fresheners, candles; I could go on!

As all mothers, I sought to do what was best for Eden. I assessed the things contributing to our “toxic load” as a family, and one by one I cut them out and replaced them with things I made myself, using essential oils.

This is where this blog was born!  I share what I know and what has worked for us.  If you have stumbled across this blog in search of a lifeline for your own personal challenge, I hope that you can see a light at the end of the tunnel!  Browse my Mummy Munchies, website pages and feel free to contact me to talk directly

Much love,

Clare x x

The Long Hard Road with Eden Continues

For the last 2 weeks my husband and I have had very little sleep. The days have almost been as hard as the nights. Eden has been constantly waking, screaming in her sleep, inexplicably distraught. This impacts her days and she has walked around a little shadow of herself with dark circles under her eyes, irritable, highly sensitive, with little appetite and so so tired. You question your qualities/abilities as a parent as you start to struggle to cope. With Eden’s background, you also start to question ‘what’s changed?’

Well, a few things have in truth. She’s a brand new owner of a little sister and still not over the moon about it (especially having to share her daddy).  We challenged eggs a couple of months ago and thought we’d had a positive result, in that they didn’t go straight through her. She is very constipated, which I think may be down to letting her eat too much fruit (this does block her up) and failing to get her to eat enough vegetables. She also had a terrible reaction to soy a few weeks ago, which she did take almost a week to recover from and it was awful.

As usual we have used the essential oils to manage her symptoms. I made up a rollerball with doTERRA’s blends digestzen and on guard, plus bergamot to help rebalance the gut flora. I have also used the doTERRA blend serenity at night and we are trying a homeopathic recipe for the constipation. Of course they help manage the symptoms, but they aren’t removing the root of the problem, which I hadn’t identified… Until this morning.

I had a lightbulb moment. When we had Eden’s hair tested last year she demonstrated an intolerance to sulphites, which kind of made sense because I had seen her react to naturally occurring sulphites, but we don’t eat the processed and refined foods that sulphites are generally added to, like sugar, dessicated coconut and canned foods.

However, the earth has sulfur in it naturally, and therefore, so do many food products that come from the earth. For example, grapes, oranges and eggs that come from chickens. Some otherwise healthy vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, garlic, onions, chives and leeks contain sulphites naturally. Rapeseed, which is used in canola oil, is another culprit. Strawberries, blackberries, plums, coconut and other fruits also contain varying amounts of natural sulfites. Eden has reacted to all of these things in the past.  Another thing she consistently eats is peanut butter; every day. I had cut these things out after the hair test and her sleep improved massively, but as her grandma was still giving her the odd bit of peanut butter and because it is so difficult to get her to eat anything I had gradually let the naturally occurring sulphites back in and peanut butter particularly she has been having daily. Is this at the root of all our troubles?

The worst thing about when Eden is reacting is that she is horrible. She shouts, she hits and she says hurtful things. Some people might say that this is a normal part of being 3 years old, but having seen the difference in Eden when she isn’t reacting I disagree.

I guess the other thing is that because reactions, especially intolerances aren’t talked about or understood as much as allergies or something like coeliacs disease, it sometimes isn’t taken seriously. If I hear the words, a little bit won’t hurt one more time…

Either way, I think I am onto something. From today I will cut the sulphites back out and see if we start to get some sleep. I will keep you posted.  If this story resonates with you, please stop by my facebook page, Mummy Munchies, for recipes and link shares for advice.

To any other mums (and dads!) that are struggling right now, in whatever way, Kia Kaha ❤

Much love x x

For information, Eden shows reaction to foods in her behaviour, sleep, tummy troubles and thrush, congestion and on her skin. Reactions can be very individual. Reactions to sulphites can be extremely varied, but can worsen asthma and adhd, cause night terrors, insomnia, sleep walking and other sleep disturbance as well as other symptoms. Fedup.com.au is a great resource for information if you suspect food intolerance/allergies. However, always seek assistance from a doctor if you are worried and before you consider an elimination diet.

 

Fodmap Friendly Bolognese Feast!

Before I discovered Eden’s intolerances I used to love making a Bolognese sauce for pasta that I got out of Jo Seagar’s Italia Cookbook. I have adapted this recipe to suit a FODMAP friendly diet. It is gluten and dairy free also and it is too good not to share!

Makes 4-6 serves

3 tablespoons olive oil, small bunch spring onions, 1 carrot peeled and finely diced, 1 stalk of celery, 500g pork mince, 1 cup gluten free bacon, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 2 x 400g cans crushed tomatoes in juice, 1 cup gluten free chicken or beef stock, 1/2 cup rice milk, salt and freshly ground pepper, 500g gluten free pasta (we love quinoa spaghetti)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the spring onions, carrot and celery. Cook until  veges are soft – about 6-7 minutes.

Raise the heat to high and add the mince and bacon. Stir fry until meat is sealed. Add the wine and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the tomatoes and juice and the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is just simmering. Simmer for at least an hour, then add the milk and cook for a further 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta and drain. Serve in a bowl and ladle over the sauce!

This is a great meal for mums with children struggling with intolerances/allergies. I recommend Spaghetti Bolognese in general because most recipes you can adapt to meet your dietary requirements.  My girl loves it and you can hide other veggies in there like capsicum or eggplant.

FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable, oligo, di and monosaccharides and polyols. I came to remember these things as the foods in our diet that are complex carbohydrates that those with a leaky gut and other gut issues really struggle to digest and as such cause gas, pain, diarrhea and constipation.

A low FODMAP diet limits lactose and fructose, sugar alcohols and non-digestable fibers. This meant for Eden cutting out beans and high fructose fruit, galactans (in beans) and high fructan vegetables, plus soy and wheat.

This diet worked wonders for Eden. We identified her struggle with FODMAPS through an elimination diet after we had already eliminated dairy.

For more info on FODMAPS please do not hesitate to contact me! In the meantime enjoy the pasta 😊😊😊 It’s so good! And if you double the ingredients above you’ll have enough for the freezer.

Much love! Happy Labour Weekend if you’re in NZ!